HERMISTON - Phyllis Evelyn Cox Flaiz, 87, of Hermiston died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 at her home in Hermiston. A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hermiston.
Mrs. Flaiz was born Dec. 28, 1921 in Camrose, Alberta, Canada to parents,Ida Grace Hamren Cox and Howard Baynard Cox. She was raised and attended school in Canada.
In 1941 she moved to Portland to take a nurses training program at the old sanitarium and hospital. While working there she met a dental student, Theodore Richard Flaiz. They were married April 6, 1944 in Portland.
Mrs. Flaiz completed her nursing degree and after her husband returned from serving in World War II they moved to Prineville. She served as the operating room director and the director of nursing at Prineville Hospital.
The couple served as missionaries all over world, including in Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Russia. They retired from mission service in 1989 and moved to Hermiston, where they have lived since. Mrs. Flaiz loved boating, camping, traveling, helping others and most of all her family.
Survivor include her husband, Theodore Flaiz of Hermiston; sons Theodore Douglas Flaiz and Richard Allen Flaiz of Hermiston; daughters Glenda Phyllis Underhill of Enterprise and Selas Tecki of Chico, Calif.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Seventh-day Adventist Junior Academy.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of arrangements.